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I recently came across GovTrack.us and found that they did a pretty good job of displaying summary information about votes on bills and tracking federal legislation. I occasionally am interested in specific bills or government actions, but it can be hard to find non-biased information since most news outlets cater to their target audience (left or right). I have subscribed to the PBS NewsHour channel on Youtube and feel that they have good overall coverage of politics, but am curious if there are other non-biased news sources, research tools, or "Government 2.0" sites that I should be keeping tabs on.

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Clearly not a webapp. –  moioci Aug 9 '10 at 20:18

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I don't understand how such a thing would be a web app. Sounds like a vanilla website to me, making this question off-topic for this site.

That said, I see a number of likely candidates listed at http://www.dmoz.org/Society/Politics/Lobbying/Legislative_Tracking_Services/

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Thanks for the list! I don't see how sites like GovTrack.us or recovery.gov are any less "WebApps" than Gmail or Yahoo Finance. My main interest is sites that take the mounds of political data and turn them into useful information. –  Greg Bray Aug 6 '10 at 16:40
    
Precisely, this is off topic, we're not dmoz. –  altCognito Aug 7 '10 at 14:02

There is actually a service from Sunlight labs which gives data? Check out http://services.sunlightlabs.com/docs/Sunlight_Congress_API/

Also, they have created an Android app called Congress http://www.androidguys.com/2010/07/28/sunlight-labs-congress-leaves-beta/

I have not yet seen a webapp for this, but I suppose it should be just around the corner, if it's not there yet.

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You may enjoy the news and links from O'Reilly Radar, they are tracking (and pushing) Gov 2.0 space very closely, including pointing out the interesting web apps.

In terms of examples of cool web apps for legal content, see Oregon Laws and its interesting blog.

You may also enjoy Computational Legal Studies site.

All of these are sort-of meta answers to your question, but if you go through their archives, they point to many specific examples and web applications you may find useful.

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Have a look at http://www.opencongress.org. There are tons of tools that let you track many different things (votes, bills, voting history, etc).

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THANKS! Used it to day to research HR 1586 that was passed during a special session. opencongress.org/bill/111-h1586/show –  Greg Bray Aug 12 '10 at 23:26

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